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The European Commission in February granted €16.5 million in funding to 42 partners on a project to develop the maritime LNG fuel supply chain on the Spanish Coast.
Gazprom Germania, a subsidiary of Russian producer Gazprom Group with gas trading and storage operations conducted the first test LNG bunkering operation at the Port of Rostock in Germany on…
LNG supplier Qatargas, Danish shipping operator Maersk Group and Shell have signed a memorandum of understanding to explore the development of LNG as a marine fuel in the Middle East.
Spanish Endesa has launched a new public service station in the municipal district of Valdemoro that will supply LNG and CNG for Spanish transport operator AISA, which has plans for…
Dutch DC Berkel, which operates DCB Energy service stations and car washes, has started construction on an LCNG station in Den Hoorn. 
American LNG technology supplier Chart Industries announced that its Czech subsidiary Chart Ferox and a German EPC partner, PPS Pipeline Systems, were selected to provide an LNG reloading station for…
Polish natural gas supplier Cryogas has released a video of the opening of the LNG/CNG refuelling station in Srem, Poland which became fully operational in January. 
State-controlled Lithuanian oil terminal operator SC Klaipedos Nafta has invested €377,000 in mobile fire-fighting technology, including modernisations to foam cars, for its storage facility for oil products.
French gas supplier Air Liquide is set to acquire Airgas, an American supplier of industrial gases and associated products in the United States, following the decision of Airgas’s board. 
Dutch logistics provider Rotra is finalising an LNG filling station on the banks of the Ijssel River in the Dutch city of Doseburg, the first in Europe capable of supplying…
Assistant executive director at Pakistan’s state oil and gas regulatory authority Rahil Pitafi has called for investment in LNG terminals in Pakistan amid rising demand for CNG vehicles.
Korean construction company Posco E&C has secured an EPC contract that will see it build an LNG terminal that will serve as an bunkering point for LNG-fuelled ships transiting Panama…
American LNG bunkering and CNG filling station provider Clean Energy Fuels more than doubled its biomethane sales to 50 million gasoline gallon equivalents (GGEs) in 2015.
Gasum, the operator of Finnish gas grid and an owner of LNG fuel supplier Skangas, has been awarded EU TEN-T funding to develop a refuelling station network serving trucks and…

News Nudges

Port of Barcelona achieves LNG bunkering record in 2023

Authorities at the Port of Barcelona have reported that a total of 199 LNG bunkering operations were carried out vessels at the port last year. The record milestone saw 143,000 cubic metres of LNG transferred to ships at the port, more than double the previous record of 65,000 cubic metres achieved in 2021. Of 8,783 port calls of ships arriving at the port in 2023, around 7% were powered by LNG, equivalent to 618 vessels. This is twice as many as in 2022, when the impacts of the war in Ukraine reduced bunkering operations in response to rocketing prices. “The normalisation of prices, and the commissioning of a bunkering barge based in Barcelona called the Haugesund Knutsen, has significantly increased LNG bunkering operations, particularly ship-to-ship operations, which tripled in comparison to 2021,” a spokesperson for the port said. The port also completed the first LNG bunkering operation on a cargo ship at the end of 2023.


Scale Gas orders new LNG bunkering vessel

Spanish maritime firm Scale Gas has reportedly signed a deal with Chinese shipbuilder Nantong CIMC Sinopacific Offshore & Engineering (CIMC SOE) for the construction of a new LNG bunkering vessel. The deal covers construction of a 12,500 cubic meter LNG bunkering vessel, set to be delivered in 2026. While the financial terms of the contract remain undisclosed, the vessel is slated to feature electric propulsion technology. Established in 2017, Scale Gas specializes in small-scale LNG, bio-LNG, and renewable energy gas infrastructure in Spain and the Western Mediterranean region. Currently, the company operates two LNG bunker ships, with an additional 12,500 cubic meter vessel scheduled for delivery from Hyundai Mipo in South Korea in 2024.


EPS hits LNG bunkering milestone

Singaporean maritime firm Eastern Pacific Shipping has announced the successful completion of its 150th LNG bunkering operation this month. The milestone was achieved at Yangshan, Shanghai, and saw the bunker vessel Hai Gang Wei Lai transfer fuel to the EPS- managed dual-fuel vessel CMA CGM Bali. “To date, we have cumulatively received 404,958MT of LNG over our fleet of DF vessels,” a spokesperson for EPS said.


Peninsula refuels MSC Virginia in Gibraltar

Virginia in Gibraltar Fuel specialist Peninsula has completed first LNG bunkering for the containership MSC Virginia at anchorage near Gibraltar. The refuelling operation was carried using the purpose-built LNG bunker vessel Levante, which has capacity for 12,500 cubic metres of LNG. The MSC Virginia is owned by shipping line Mediterranean Shipping Company. The successful operation follows the approval of Peninsula’s LNG bunkering operator license by the Government of Gibraltar and the Gibraltar Port Authority and the arrival of the Levante LNG at anchorage in October last year.